Archive Date 2014-09-11


PETRI DISH ABANDONED

Geoff Roth, the vice president of
local content (news director) at Fox Televisions WJZY-46-Fox
in Charlotte (Market #25), has left the station, just
14 months after being hired
from Fox-owned KRIV-26
in Houston (Market #10), where he had been an EP.

Roth told staffers yesterday he is
returning to KRIV-26-Fox. Dianne Doctor, the station manager at Fox-owned
WWOR-9-MyTV in Secaucus, NJ, will oversee the Charlotte
news operation until Roths replacement is hired.

Roth, a former news director at KSTU-13-Fox
in Salt Lake City (Market #33), KMPH-26-Fox and
KSEE-24-NBC
in Fresno (Market #55), and WFTX-36-Fox in
Ft. Myers (Market #62), built the WJZY news department from
scratch. He oversaw the construction of the newsroom and hired the
entire staff.

The resulting newscast was dubbed a "giant
petri dish for news innovation
," which is a nice way of
saying it felt like a bunch of kids, without adult supervision,
playing at news. Charlotte Observer TV writer
Mark Washburn
called the WJZY newscast either "the
future of local news or an experiment gone boldly awry."

If youre just joining us, in January
2013, Fox Television bought a pair of second-tier Charlotte
stations, WJZY-46-CW and WMYT-12-MyTV, from Capitol
Broadcasting
. In a bold power play, Fox then took the affiliation from Bahakels
last-place WCCB-18-Fox, which had been a Fox affiliate for
27 years, and gave it to WJZY-46. Roth was hired in July
2013 to create a news department at the station.

Depending on who you talk to, he was
either wildly successful or failed miserably. The truth is
probably somewhere in the middle.

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CHANGING SCRIPPS

Blondiful Cameryn Beck, who was
hired in February 2013 as news director at Merediths
independent KTVK-3 in Phoenix (Market #13), is leaving
after 19 months
to become senior director of news strategy for
the Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Company. Its the groups
#2 news job, under News Vice President Sean McLaughlin.

Beck will remain in Phoenix, where Scripps
owns KNXV-15-ABC. She will work closely with Lana Durban,
also a senior director of news strategy, who is based in
Cincinnati.

Last
month
, Scripps and Journal Communications Inc.
of Milwaukee agreed to merge their broadcast operations, with Scripps
absorbing Journals 13 television stations and 35 radio
stations. Scripps will emerge as the nations fifth-largest
independent TV group, with 34 stations.

<<<>>>

Nielsen has released its market
rankings for 2015
. Tampa and Phoenix are up. Detroit and
Seattle are down. Pittsburgh and Charlotte are up. Portland and
Raleigh are down.

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GOOD MORNING CINCINNATI

Mark Hayes, the former morning news
anchor at NBC-owned KXAS-5 in Dallas (Market #5),
who abruptly left the station in January "by mutual
decision" after less than two years, starts
Sept. 22
as the new morning anchor at Hearsts
WLWT-5-NBC
in Cincinnati (Market #35).

He replaces Todd Dykes
(left), who was
yesterday demoted promoted to
the stations investigative unit
. Before his brief run in
Dallas, Hayes spent nearly 10 years at Fox-owned WAGA-5
in Atlanta (Market #9).

Dykess reassignment means
all four
Cincinnati TV stations
have changed morning news personalities
this year. Sheila Gray replaced Tiffany Wilson at
Sinclairs WKRC-12-CBS
in March, Larry Handley left
WCPO-9-ABC
in July, and Jacki Jing abruptly vanished
from WXIX-19-Fox in August.

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Blondiful Alison Morris, who
anchored for three years at Tribunes WTIC-61-Fox in
Hartford (Market #30) before leaving last month for parts unknown,
has
been hired as a business reporter
at Fox flagship WNYW-5
in New York.

Morris began her career in Paris,
where she wrote for the Wall Street Journal Europe and
reported on the French Stock Market for CNBC Europe.

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James
Starks
, a reporter and weekend sports anchor at Gannetts
WLTX-19-CBS
in Columbia, SC (Market #77), has
joined KPRC-2-NBC
in Houston (Market #10) in the same
capacity.

He replaces Nick Giovanni, who left
the station in June, after two years, for WUSA-9-CBS in DC
(Market #8).

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Blondiful Jasmine
Viel
,
who has co-anchored for years with her husband, Marc
Cota-Robles
, at Central Coast News KION-46-CBS and
KCOY-12-CBS
in Monterey-Salinas (Market #125), will
sign off Friday
.

"I will be moving down to be with my
husband in Los Angeles as I continue to pursue this crazy and
rewarding broadcast journalism career that I am so passionate
about," she said. Cota-Robles
left in May for "a dream opportunity"
(reporting gig)
at KABC-7 in Los Angeles. Its unclear whether Viel
has also found work in El Lay.

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BORN WEATHER GUESSER

Ellen
Bacca
, a meteorologist at WCTI-12-ABC and
WFXI-8-Fox
in New Bern, NC (Market #99), starts Monday on the weather staff at WOOD-8-NBC in
Grand Rapids (Market #39).

She replaces Laura Velasquez, who
left in July for Tribunes KDVR-31-Fox and KWGN-2-CW
in Denver (Market #17).

Baccas 60-market leap is
well deserved. In elementary school, she started a "storm
chasing" club
that met on the playground each day, and at age
11, she "predicted" a tornado on the way home from
school
after spotting swirling clouds in the dark sky. So there
you have it.

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Dave Rexroth, the chief
meteorologist at WXYZ-7-ABC in Detroit (Market #11),
returned to work Monday…wearing glasses. "Its been a bumpy
summer," he
said
. "Not quite the vacation wed planned."

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BONUS BABY

The Nepotism Broadcasting Company
gave 29-year-old Luke Russert a $500,000 bonus for his new
gig as a panelist on his dads former show, "Meet the
Press."

And, according
to DC blogger Evan Gahr?s
Washington Gadfly column,
"NBC Washington bureau workers are incredulous"
that "under-qualified Luke" is getting the dough.

An NBC rep called the report
"absolutely untrue."

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NBCs "Today"
scored an EXCLUSIVE by paying
"a nominal location fee"
for access to the
South Africa home where Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his
girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

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The NFL front offices went into
crisis mode yesterday after
the Associated Press reported
that a law enforcement
official sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fianc?e
to an NFL executive five months ago.

In
an interview with CBS
, NFL Commissioner Roger
Goodell
was adamant that "no one in the NFL"
had seen the tape until this week.

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Shepard Smith, it
appears
, is the only personality at Fox News who ever
apologizes.

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Former White House press secretary
Jay Carney
yesterday joined CNN as a political
commentator and was featured during last nights coverage of President
Obama?s
address on ISIS.

But his
debut was foiled
by Sen. John McCain, who questioned Obama?s
strategy, and shook his head in disbelief at Carneys defense
of the strategy.

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WNBC-4 in New York, in an
"EXCLUSIVE I-Team investigation,"
reported that President
Obama
tried to get tee times at several Westchester golf
courses over Labor Day weekend and was turned down.

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Tribunes WXIN-59-Fox and
WTTV-4-CW
in Indianapolis (Market #26) is advertising
for an assistant ND
.

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Don Patrick, a longtime news anchor
and news director at CBS-owned WWJ-950-AM in Detroit
(Market #11), died
Wednesday morning
of cancer. He was 75.

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The Los
Angeles City Council
honored
retired KCBS-2 and
KCAL-9
news anchor Kent Shocknek at its meeting
Wednesday. A large plaque was presented. Cake was not served.

Earlier this year, the council
declared Jan.10 to be "Kent
Shocknek Day."

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Clyde Gray, who retired last month
after 24 years at WCPO-9-ABC in Cincinnati (Market #35) to
spend more time with his family and reinvent himself, is
getting into politics
…kind of, sort of.

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TRIVIAL
PURSUIT

Never let it be said that local TV sports
is dead. It still plays a vital role in the community. 
And heres
an example.

Casey Keirnan, the sports guy at Scripps-owned
KERO-23-ABC in Bakersfield, CA (Market #127), was dutifully
clearing out his station voicemail this week when he came across
this one.

Or, as the intern recently asked, "When
is 9/11 this year?"
Please govern yourselves accordingly.

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MRS.
Bs GRAMMAR YAMMER


"A PBS mind in a Twitter world."

Enormity is a word used to
describe something monstrously evil.

~Today we remember the enormity of the attacks of Sept. 11,
2001.

~Until the grisly death of James Foley, most Americans were only
beginning to awaken to the enormity of the Islamic States
atrocities.

Its a word that describes an act that passes all moral bounds:

~In her ruling, the judge said the enormity of the crime
demanded the maximum prison term.

Many writers incorrectly think enormity has to do with
size. If youre describing something really big, Mrs. B hopes
youll use a word like immensity or hugeness, easier words to say
than enormousness.

~Relatives of all those who have been killed or are missing in
Syria are no longer attracting much attention, despite the
immensity of their suffering.

~The GM recalls have eclipsed the hugeness of the more than 14
million Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles recalled between 2009 and
2012.

 

 

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